Vacation during Corona

Travel advice during Corona

The summer vacation period has started. At the same time, after months of strict lockdown caused by Coronavirus, more and more European countries have opened their borders for tourists.  Consequently, many of you consider traveling abroad either to change the scenery or to visit your family and friends.

While we encourage you to take time off work to recharge your batteries, we also advise caution. Don’t go unprepared and keep yourself up to date. Luckily it is not difficult and you can do it in the 3 simple steps below.

1. Check travel advice of your destination country

The current situation with Corona is very unstable and countries can change the rules if they register a spike in infections. Make sure you have the most recent and reliable information on the situation in your destination country.

Are facemasks obligatory? Do I need to go through the quarantine? Are bars and restaurants open?

It’s good to know the answers to these questions.

You can find this and more information about traveling abroad during Corona in a European Union official website Reopen EU. The page lets you choose your destination country and provides travel and safety information as well as links to official national websites on Coronavirus measures.

 

 

2. Check the advice of the Dutch government on traveling to your destination country

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues their own advice on traveling abroad during Corona. On their official website, you will find a map of color-coded countries:

  • Countries marked green are safe to travel to
  • Countries marked yellow are relatively safe to travel to; you do not have to self-quarantine for two weeks after returning
  • You should not travel to countries marked orange unless necessary; you have to self-quarantine for two weeks after returning
  • Do not travel to countries marked red

This information is especially important when planning your return to the Netherlands. If the country you want to go to is red, it is advisable to reconsider your vacation plans. If the country is orange, you may have to take into account that after your vacation, you will have to undergo obligatory quarantine. That means you won’t be able to work for an extra two weeks.

Remember that this travel information can change anytime, so check it daily.

3. Stick to the general safety rules

  • if you feel sick, stay at home
  • keep 1.5 m distance
  • wash your hands often
  • sneeze and cough in your elbow
  • avoid crowds
  • avoid public transportation
  • don’t shake hands

Vacation is a time to relax. Being prepared and well-informed can help you minimize the stress related to Corona restrictions and will maximize the chances of your safe and hasslefree return to the Netherlands.